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KosherChef Aug 12, 2009 08:44 PM

Has anyone seen a kosher version? Thanks.

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    superburns Aug 13, 2009 07:24 PM

    i have never seen it. however, its very easy to make at home/restaurant.
    most places i have staged/worked at do it from scratch.

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      ganeden Aug 14, 2009 07:41 AM

      BS"D

      For me, the problem was always that I could never find salt cod that was hechshered. I have looked for years, and the Lasco salt cod that is ubiquitous on supermarket shelves was never certified kosher, and none of the specialty salt cods which I'd occasionally run into were, either. I would imagine that if one were to run into a piece with evidence of scales in the skin, that would be sufficient, given the possibility of ascertaining from the manufacturer that nothing other than salt was added, (or if it was, it would probably not be in the realm of "secret ingredient", and therefore would be disclosed.

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        ferret Aug 14, 2009 09:33 AM

        Using fresh (or fresh frozen) cod instead of salt cod is totally acceptable. Salting cod was the only practical way of preserving it and reconstituting salted cod doesn't give you any real benefit over fresh, other than being "traditional." Also, much of what is passed off as salt cod is pollock and/or haddock -- both acceptable but not better than good cod, in my opinion. So get some fresh (or fresh frozen) and no one will notice but you.

        If you're looking for a firmer texture then you can try "curing" fresh cod on your own, either with an overnightsoak in salted water or by covering in salt for several hours and then rinsing. It will "firm up" the texture much like curing salmon before smoking gives you a meatier texture.

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          superburns Aug 14, 2009 02:29 PM

          the amount of time the cod is spent "curing" imparts a unique flavor to the cod. and yes, fresh cod does work well as a substitute in most dishes. but it doesnt have an identical texture/flavor as hydrated salt cod. this is just my experience.

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            ferret Aug 14, 2009 02:51 PM

            Like I said, if you want to "firm up" fresh, then cover with salt and let it sit for a few hours. The salt will draw out the moisture and give it a firmer texture similar to rehydrated salt cod.

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